Months have passed since Yahoo and Microsoft have announced that they had joined forces to combine their users of instant messaging, creating a unified network of 350 million IM users.
Originally planned for release last month, the trial versionof the connected client is now out with the final release to be out by the end of 2006. Currently many users maintain accounts on MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk and AOL, and the combination of Yahoo and MS could the the beginnings of a merging, creating one giant global instant messaging network (or at least two rivals). How long before AOL and Google shack up?
The BBC has reported
the trial being available in all major technological countries including the US, UK, Australia and Canada. To subscribe to the new network all you need to do is download the latest version of MSN Messenger, now known as Windows Live Messenger .
Finally, an advancement in the instant messaging world? Or do you just stick with IRC? How do you think your geographical location affects what IM client you use? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.